Japan's emperor, empress visit tsunami-hit cement plant
Jiji Press -- Jul 06
Japan's Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko on Friday visited a northeastern Japan cement plant hit hard by the tsunami caused by the March 2011 earthquake.

The Imperial couple visited the Taiheiyo Cement Corp. plant in Ofunato, Iwate Prefecture, on the final day of their two-day trip to the prefecture to meet with people affected by the disaster.

岩手県を訪問中の天皇皇后両陛下は、東日本大震災後初めての訪問となる陸前高田市で、­仮設住宅を訪問し、被災した人たちをねぎらわれた。
Sources: Jiji Press, FNNnewsCH
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